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Letting children have the mind of their own

The Department of Psychiatry at Rainbow Hospitals provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for women, children, and teenagers with a wide variety of behavioral and psychological conditions.

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Are psychiatric medications safe for children?

Yes, many psychiatric medications are safe in children. There are many medications that are approved for children by the food and drug administration of America.

Will you get addicted to psychiatric medications?

Most psychiatric medications are not addictive. Only a couple of groups can be addictive if you use them in the long term (for eg: medicines like alzolam and only if you use them in the long term). Other medications are not addictive. Ask your psychiatrist if the particular medication she prescribed is addictive.

My child has started medication 2 weeks back, why do we see no improvement?

Some psychiatric medications can take up to 3 to 4 weeks to start working. It is also a good thing for your psychiatrist to start at small doses and increase dosage slowly. If you have noticed anything you don’t like, please see your psychiatrist right away. Otherwise please be patient and wait for the medication to work, you will be glad that you did.

Why do I (or my child) need to take psychiatric medication any way? Can we just not do counseling?

Many psychological conditions have a biological basis. That means they are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. In some cases and for some conditions, counseling alone is not sufficient. Medication can be a very useful tool that can help. You have nothing to lose if you want to try the medicine. You can always stop it if you don’t like it. Many people suffer unnecessarily due to the fear of psychiatric medications. Don’t be afraid to try them. It may greatly improve the quality of life for you.

Why has my psychiatrist asked me to see a counselor as well? Is taking medication not enough?

Some times, along with a biological illness, stresses in your personal life or in the family are present. In such cases medication will not be able to address those issues. That may be why your psychiatrist has asked you see a psychologist for counseling along with medication. This is like, following diet and exercise along with taking medicine for Diabetes.